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Dining, SFoodie Ever Pretended to Be a Restaurant Critic's Relative to Get Better Service?

Ever Pretended to Be a Restaurant Critic's Relative to Get Better Service?

We read Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer's harrowing blog post about desperate diners masquerading as his relatives in order to curry special treatment at restaurants. There was the story about the "two gals" at The Tipsy Pig: At one point…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s Blissmo Urges Foodies to Go Green via Web Discounts

S.F.'s Blissmo Urges Foodies to Go Green via Web Discounts

According to a Change.org article published this week, "flash sales," or e-mail and Web operations offering time-sensitive discounts on products, are "the hottest segment of the consumer web market." How has market top-dog Groupon managed to do over $500 million…
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Dining, SFoodie Waterbar Adopted a Peach Tree. So Can You

Waterbar Adopted a Peach Tree. So Can You

In the grand tradition of adoption ― highways, children ― Embarcadero restaurant Waterbar has assumed responsibility for a tree, a lovely Elberta peach ensconced at Masumoto Family Farm south of Fresno. The tree's sweet fruits will play a prominent role…
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Dining, SFoodie Should S.F. Doctors Write Prescriptions for Farmers' Market Produce?

Should S.F. Doctors Write Prescriptions for Farmers' Market Produce?

Let's see: A bottle of codeine syrup, some Nasonex, and a bunch of arugula. Doctors at three health centers in Massachusetts aren't just telling their patients to eat their vegetables; they're handing out coupons making it more affordable for them…
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Dining, SFoodie Mission Bean Guy Pops Up with Cali-Style Taqueria in Brooklyn

Mission Bean Guy Pops Up with Cali-Style Taqueria in Brooklyn

Last time we had a taco in Brooklyn, it came on a crunchy tortilla shell, topped with ground beef and cheddar cheese. We know better Mexican options exist in New York, but anyone seeking a little California in that big,…
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Dining, SFoodie Joanne Weir, Looking in the City ― with Lunch

Joanne Weir, Looking in the City ― with Lunch

We first met Joanne Weir in the fall of 2002. No, not in person. We were avid watchers of KQED's Saturday morning cooking shows then, and the only thing half as funny as Julia Child and Jacques Pepin bickering in…
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Dining, SFoodie Soak Up Shanghai's Wine-Steeped Cooking at Asian Art Museum Demo

Soak Up Shanghai's Wine-Steeped Cooking at Asian Art Museum Demo

Shanghai cuisine can be described as lush, and not just because it revels in the abundance of vegetables and livestock gleaned from the Yangtze River Delta and seafood hauled from the surrounding coastal provinces. Booze plays a prominent role, exemplified…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Art of Eating</em>'s Ed Behr Shares His POV at Omnivore

Art of Eating's Ed Behr Shares His POV at Omnivore

If Art of Eating editor and publisher Ed Behr were the subject of a feature film, Taste is the Place wouldn't ― with apologies to Sun Ra ― be a bad title. Since launching his quarterly 24 years ago, the…
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Dining, SFoodie Chris Cosentino's Gluttony Pants Expand to Fit Your Lack of Self-Control

Chris Cosentino's Gluttony Pants Expand to Fit Your Lack of Self-Control

It's only fitting that Incanto's Chris Cosentino ― a chef known for marrowbone salad, brains risotto, and porchetta ― would be helping to design a pair of pants infused with the gluttonous spirit. As the first entry in its seven-part…
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Dining, SFoodie Don't Ask Michael Bauer Where to Eat Mexican. Ask Us

Don't Ask Michael Bauer Where to Eat Mexican. Ask Us

On his blog this morning at Inside Scoop, Chronicle critic Michael Bauer misses the Tex-Mex combination plates he devoured in his Dallas days ― and bemoans the fact he can't find a good Mexican place in the Bay Area ―…
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Dining, SFoodie Lers Ros' Fried Rabbit: Buffalo By Way of Bangkok

Lers Ros' Fried Rabbit: Buffalo By Way of Bangkok

It wasn't until after we raked up the last morsels that we realized our dinner at Lers Ros had consisted almost entirely of fried dishes. With the exception of succulent pork belly cubes, everything we'd ordered had come encased in…
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Dining, SFoodie With Rice Paddy Art, Japanese Village Creates Tourist Bonanza

With Rice Paddy Art, Japanese Village Creates Tourist Bonanza

In Inakadate, a village in rural northern Japan, rice is not just an important crop, a staple, it's a medium for intricate, colorful paddy art that might make Christo or Andy Goldsworthy just a little bit hungry. According to a…
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Dining, SFoodie Rachael Ray Olive Oil Among Brands Not So Extra-Virgin

Rachael Ray Olive Oil Among Brands Not So Extra-Virgin

If you too fight insomnia with cough syrup and late-night episodes of Rachael Ray's cooking shows, you know the perky, much-maligned crafter of 30-minute meals uses a cute acronym for the fruity green sap she drizzles over her convenience-oriented concoctions.…
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Dining, SFoodie Facebook Group for Vegetarians Sick of the Roast Veggie Sandwich

Facebook Group for Vegetarians Sick of the Roast Veggie Sandwich

We wager that thousands of Facebook groups pop up daily. Some celebrate a specific subject or idea, others vilify one. Legendary punk houses, politicians, unpopular comedians, and the antiquated process of recording music from radio to tape ― they all…
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Dining, SFoodie Food Blogs We Love: Shut Up, Foodies!

Food Blogs We Love: Shut Up, Foodies!

Shut Up, Foodies! came to our attention via a friend's Facebook post. The entry to which he'd linked ("Things that Come in Cans") consisted solely of two photographs depicting canned items. In one from July 2010, up loomed a fleet…
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Dining, SFoodie Good Farm Movement Wants to Write a Cookbook

Good Farm Movement Wants to Write a Cookbook

Some of the ramblings on the Good Farm site sound a little blazed, but with the operation's latest project, Mark Andrew Gravel and company are tackling something substantive and extremely practical: a DIY guide to meal-making focused on the art…
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Dining, SFoodie Food Blogs We Love: Slice Harvester

Food Blogs We Love: Slice Harvester

The project of a New Yorker aiming to feast on every oily orange-and-white-mottled triangle of dough his city offers, Slice Harvester is the latest in a long parade of Internet whimsies we have enjoyed. The site acknowledges a lot of…
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Dining, SFoodie Meatless, Gluten-Free 'Barbecue'? Isn't That Sacrilege?

Meatless, Gluten-Free 'Barbecue'? Isn't That Sacrilege?

Well-heeled San Franciscans are happy to shell out serious clam for expensive cooking classes, dinner discussions, and special food-tasting events, but a three-hour, $75 workshop teaching participants how to throw a "barbecue" without gluten, meat, or dairy? Sounded like pretty…
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Dining, SFoodie We Think Humphry Slocombe Could Learn a Thing or Two from Jasper Slobrushe

We Think Humphry Slocombe Could Learn a Thing or Two from Jasper Slobrushe

While we applaud Humphry Slocombe proprietor Jake Godby's antagonism-via-meat approach to handling vegan hecklers, we reckon the ice cream impresario could de-fat his reaction to one Jasper Slobrushe ― the Twitter-crazed persona charged with aping Slocombe's general vibe. In her…
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Dining, SFoodie Jammin' at the Ferry Building with Happy Girl

Jammin' at the Ferry Building with Happy Girl

We're jammin' ― To think that jammin' was a thing of the past; We're jammin', And I hope this jam is gonna last. Bob Marley sang those couplets. He probably wasn't thinking about fruit preserves when he penned them, but…
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